South Africans are not xenophobic: Zuma
SABC news reported that, Monday marks the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the fore-runner to the African Union (AU) which was launched in 2002.
Speaking at the Africa Day celebrations in Mamelodi University of Pretoria campus, President Jacob Zuma reminded the country that foreign nationals have fought for the liberation of South Africa.
“Nationals from other African countries have participated in our liberation and went to Robben Island,” says Zuma.
President Jacob Zuma says Africa Day is about celebrating the solidarity and friendship African countries afforded South Africa during Apartheid.
“Africa Day is about recalling such selfless solidarity and friendship that we received from the African continent during our struggle for liberation,” says President Zuma.
Due to recent xenophobic attacks in the country Zuma assured other African countries that South Africans are not xenophobic.
“South Africans are not xenophobic; there are elements of criminality who conduct criminal activities to rob people of their goods, who pretend to be xenophobic,” says Zuma.
Zuma says on this day we should also celebrate South Africans who have welcomed people from other countries into their homes.
Zuma says Africa Day celebrations should mark the beginning of promoting the African Union and an African identity.
“Starting today, every school, church or community choir and individuals must practise the Africa Union anthem so that we sing it at all our important gatherings and celebrations. We urge institutions and companies to begin flying the AU flag together with the SA flag.”